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ex-Kingfisher (SP 76)

Dixie III call sign (1926):
Mike - Dog - Sail - Watch

Motor Launch:

  • The second Kingfisher was built in 1916 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Kingfisher (SP 76), 15 May 1917
  • Her name was dropped in 1918 to avoid confusion with the minesweeper Kingfisher (AM 25)
  • Struck from the Navy List 7 January 1919
  • Decommissioned 22 January 1919
  • Returned to her owner 4 March 1919
  • Registered in 1926 to S. F. Houston of Philadelphia, PA as the yacht Dixie III
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 17 t.
    1926 - 22 t.
  • Length 60'
    1926 - 58.2'
  • Beam 10' 10½"
    1926 - 10.6'
  • Draft 3'
    1926 - 4.4'
  • Speed 21.7 kts.
  • Complement 11
    1926 - Three
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 180hp 8-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Kingfisher 23k

    Kingfisher - One of Europe's most beautiful birds conspicuous for its blue-green back and rich chestnut breast

    Tommy Trampp
    SP-76 363k 15 May 1916
    Kingfisher running trials off Boston
    Joe Radigan

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